Written by Angela Ferrante, Summer Intern
Fordham graduate and New York City girl. I plan to use my degree in journalism and love of all things edible to become a food writer.
I scream, you scream. We all scream for ice cream! Ice cream desserts, that is. I know we here at CraftyBaking.com like to focus on just that, baking. But it is the middle of July here in New York City and for many of us; it is too hot to even turn on an oven. If you can’t handle the heat, but won’t stay out of the kitchen, these five creamy and dreamy ice cream recipes on this website we'd like you to know more about:
There is this misconception that ice cream and frozen desserts are hard to make. While it is true that they are time-consuming, time-consuming does not equal difficult. So let’s start with the basics and work our way up.
Not a fan of vanilla? Never fear! Think of the vanilla ice cream as a blank canvas. We can help you adjust the recipe so it’s the flavor of your choosing! Be it cherry, chocolate chip cookie dough, or dark chocolate, this basic vanilla ice cream recipe is both simple and versatile enough to become an instant summer (or winter, if you’re like me and crave ice cream when it is already cold out) classic. Plus it is egg and gluten-free!
There is ice cream, and then there is gelato. For those of you who aren’t familiar, gelato is milkier Italian ice cream, and is therefore much more dense than regular American ice cream. In my opinion, the Italians make it better! This citrus gelato is a great choice when you can’t decide between lemonade and ice cream. We use it in our Meyer Lemon Gelato Pie recipe.
Meyer lemons are much sweeter than your average, commercially grown lemon found at many grocery stores. These lemons, which lack the sour taste typically associated with lemons, make for excellent desserts. If you cannot find the thin-skinned Meyer lemon, feel free to substitute normal lemon juice, though the final result may be more tart than anticipated. Sorry, Americans, Italians are the ice cream champs!
This recipe is for all of our dairy-free readers! Yes, you can finally partake in all the fun of homemade ice cream with none of the milk. And nothing says summer like melons! Watermelon, Cantaloupe, even Honeydew sorbet would be nothing short of utterly refreshing, without that heavy feeling dairy leaves some people with. It is also an excellent way to use up whatever melons or fruit you’ve had sitting in your fridge for the past few days. Plus, since it’s mostly fruit, you can even toss it in some fruit and coconut yogurt and call it a parfait. I’d like to see ice cream successfully pass itself off as a healthy breakfast!
Nothing reminds me of July like orange push pops. Every time I have one, my mind instantly is transported to my childhood summers- camp in the early 2000s. This frozen yogurt push pop is the grown up version of that classic treat- made with real orange curd, not orange puree. The frozen yogurt also adds another healthy kick. Plus, the plastic wrapper of the push pop creates a barrier between that delicious orange confection and clean summer clothes- something any parent, or messy eater, can appreciate. Both grown-ups and children alike will go bananas for these Vanilla-Orange push pops!
Okay, so this one does involve some heat, as you need to bake the cookies for the sandwich “bread.” But the cool relief of the finished product makes it all worth it! Plus the cookies (and ice cream) are gluten-free, making it a sure favorite among any of your dietarily-challenged friends and family. There is something so summery about coconut. I can be in the middle of Manhattan, and one bite of this coconut ice cream sandwich has me thinking that I’m in Hawaii. While I can’t trade my yellow cabs for pink sand quite yet, this sandwich is a pretty good substitution- and costs way less than a trip to Maui. I’m nuts for this coconut ice cream sandwich, and I am sure you will be too!
That rounds off our five awesome Ice Cream desserts. We can’t wait to hear what you think of them. Just don’t get a brain-freeze!